My Daughter's Latest Book

The Queen Without a Crown Cover

My daughter just released a new children's picture book, titled "The Queen Without a Crown." It's available via Amazon, in both print and ebook versions. The ebook edition is currently accessible for no charge to all you Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

As for the story—it's funny to see how many things this woman is willing to place on the top of her head, all in the hope those actions might answer the question "Where is my crown?"

Ebook Version Now Available

ebook cover for The Alphabetical Adventure of Uncle Bob and Baby Wilbur

HOT OFF THE PRESSES! I just released the ebook version of my printed children's picture book "The Alphabetical Adventure of Uncle Bob and Baby Wilbur." The ebook is available to purchase exclusively through Amazon and is also accessible to download at no charge for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

Want a sneak peek? I've included a couple of two-page spreads as examples:

angelfish, page samples from The Alphabetical Adventure of Uncle Bob and Baby Wilbur

flamingo, grouper, samples pages from The Alphabetical Adventure of Uncle Bob and Baby Wilbur ebook

Art Look Book

Art Look Book Cover-Vivian De Winter

Until I have my online shop up and running, I thought you might find it interesting to see the styles and categories of art I will be selling as digital download files. For further information, please view details.

Art Square of the Month

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abstract pastel painting

Since I missed February's square, I thought I might as well offer up March's freebie at the same time! Hop on over to my file download page for details.

Art Square of the Month

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Every month, beginning this January, I will be offering a free PDF download based on one of my original oil pastel paintings. The image dimensions will be 8x8 inches, with an additional built-in white border so you can print them on 8.5x11 inch paper. Yes! You can print them at home. Hop on over to my file download page for details.

Creativity Rebooted

IT'S BEEN A LONG while since I paid any attention to this website of mine. I've had many projects in flux and they all seemed to sort of come together towards the end of this year.

I'll be honest. Due to all the Covid lockdowns we have had to endure, my creativity has bloomed. Whether or not we're talking temporary or everlasting is something only the passing of time will reveal. I'm moving forward, encouraged by the optimism that I have cultivated a creative garden filled with perennial ideas.

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One of those projects was a children's picture book, "The Alphabetical Adventure of Uncle Bob and Baby Wilbur." Something I never thought I'd ever write. It happened, thanks to a visit with my grandson. That's how it started. Playing with two wooden toy fish, who of course needed names. Uncle Bob and Baby Wilbur. Creating those illustrations was so much fun. The rhyming verses proved to be a bit more challenging, but from start to finish, that book was completed and published on Amazon in about a month, even though I only worked on it part-time. That's an indication of the joy and satisfaction involved with a project like this!

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Graceful Cartilage COVER 300

Another project involved the compilation and release of my adult anthology titled "Graceful Cartilage." It's a collection of short fiction, writing prompt exercises and poetry.

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The Vexed Vampire Cover250

About the same time, my daughter also wrote and illustrated a children's picture book titled "The Vexed Vampire." Nothing creepy or scary, because even young vampires worry about what might happen when their first tooth falls out. Well, that AND going to the dentist.

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Other projects? Lots and lots of art: using acrylics, watercolours, oil pastels and markers. Not to mention the interesting crochet items I designed and began recording new patterns for.

All of that activity made it a priority to complete a well-timed and well-deserved re-design of my website. I hope that you stay a while and find something to make you smile.

Thank you for stopping by.